The last time I reset my trail cameras, I decided to try a different approach. In an effort to get better quality pictures, I started a new mineral lick site about 8 feet in front of a camera. I purchased a gallon jug of Evolved Habitats "Deer Cane" liquid mineral attractant ($10) as well as a 4-pound "Deer Cane" block ($8) to be used at the site.
I dug about a 3-foot diameter circle in the ground, about 4 inches deep, and placed the block in the center of the hole. I then soaked the block and the dirt inside the hole with the entire gallon of the liquid mineral attractant. The directions on the packaging said that the product works best when it has been saturated with rainfall, allowing the minerals to leach into the dirt. Fortunately, just a few days after the Deer Cane was in place we received decent amounts of rain allowing the product to work as directed. The Deer Cane contains a mixture of ingredients, but the primary minerals are sodium and calcium. It should be replenished within 30 - 60 days to keep the site active.
I was able to check the camera yesterday, and I noticed lots of deer tracks around the site and the block was completely gone. The camera had roughly 100 pictures on it and numerous deer had visited the site. Here are a few of the pictures.
I think the pictures speak for themselves. This is the first time I have used this product and it worked great! It attracted deer and the pictures prove they are consuming it. While maintaining a mineral site might not seem like a big deal, it might be just the trick to keep that buck hanging around in the area. I give it a thumbs up!